Courtyard Happenings

Saturday mornings from 9am-1 pm
December 2rd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
    
Share your Christmas wish list and have a photo taken.

In 2003, the businesses at 200 First Street decided to sponsor `"Santa in the Courtyard", an opportunity for children and families to share their Christmas wish list and have a photo taken.  Local teenagers volunteered to take photos and a local Atlantic Beach resident, Tom Trechel, grew his beard out in the fall and became Santa Claus each year, finally buying his own Santa Suit. “It has become an annual tradition for my family, as well as many beaches families and my kids truly believe this is the ‘real’ Santa”, said Neptune Beach resident, Paola Keeney.

Fast forward a decade and the Courtyard at 200 First Street has Deanne Dunlop Photography as a tenant, who has added a more professional photo experience as well as their own fundraising causes. Santa Tom has retired, and there is a new “real” Santa Fred that has taken his place.
 

Deanne and her husband, Gus, offer a 4 x 6 print for a $10 sitting fee, which basically offsets the cost of Santa and supplies.  But they found that many participants were willing to also make a donation to a good cause for a digital copy of the photo with Santa.

“We have never advertised or promoted our philanthropic efforts.  We have always approached it as a fun family, community event with a bonus” said Deanne Dunlop. “My daughter, Alyvia, mans our display table and welcomes each family and talks with them about our charitable causes and the programs she is personally involved in as a member of the Teen Advisory Board for PedsCare and as a one-on-one Counselor for Smile Camp”.  

 In previous years, Dunlop Photography raised $1,100 for PedsCare a pediatric program of Community Hospice.  They selected PedsCare, and added Smile Camp, a day camp for children with special needs sponsored by Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. They have donated the proceeds from a special purchase ($700) to Dreams Come True and in 2012 they made a donation for physical improvements to the Beaches Little House in Jarboe Park during the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Girl Scouting in the US.

Jaffi’s and Kyds Boutique Owner, Emilie Christenson, said “I think it’s important to share our history and how the event has morphed into an event families look forward to and return to our Courtyard for every year. The fact that we can support Community PedsCare and various charities over the last few years is a bonus.”  

Last year, Santa in the Courtyard raised over $2,000 for two charities in the Jacksonville area- SMILE Camp, for elementary school children with cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, autism and vision or auditory impairments and Community PedsCare – Diamond D Ranch Family Day for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses, so come out and support this amazing cause!
Get a 4x6 photo print for $10, or an electronic file for an optional $15 donation. This donation will go directly to benefitting a chosen community program, such as SMILE Camp mentioned above.
Call Deanne Dunlop Photography at 904.610.5669 for more information.

Deanne Dunlop Photography, 200 First Street, Neptune Beach, FL 32266
www.deannedunlop.com 904.610.5669

Rise and Shine Tai Chi in the Courtyard!

Clear your mind and get your body ready for the New Year with a little bit of Tai Chi! Learn the principles and benefits of this slow meditation in motion with Sheri Nicholson on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30a.m. to 7:30 a.m. in the Courtyard at 200 First Street

Sponsored by Southern Grounds, Boutique Unique, First Street Gallery and Red Daisy. For more info, call (904) 234-0038.

Music in the Courtyard at 200 First Street plays every Friday and Saturday night from 7 to 10 pm.

Southern Grounds is pouring glasses of wine and serving up ice cold beers or choose a latte, small bites or dessert! Thank you for supporting our locally owned Courtyard Shoppes! They make this wonderful venue possible! Sit back and listen, sip on a glass of wine, enjoy a crazy good dessert and fresh, delicious coffee. This is the life!

Bring your furry friends to Yappy Hour at Southern Grounds every Wednesday, 6p.m. to 9p.m!